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Inside AAA – Meet Joslyn

Inside AAA is a blog series that provides readers the opportunity to get a glimpse of the people who work for you, the AAA member. In this series, staff members provide insight on their job and themselves.

This week, Inside AAA features Joslyn Osten. She is AAA’s Marketing and Communications Manager.

What is your favorite on-the-job task?
My favorite on-the-job task is collaborating with my colleagues to help strategize the marketing and communication plans of an upcoming project or task. There is a wide variety of communications that go out to members and the public in general, so each project allows for new opportunities.

What is the most rewarding on-the-job moment?
The most rewarding on-the-job moment is working with members to highlight their activities in Members in the News. From op-ed pieces to global headlines, AAA members span the gamut in the public news realm.

What is the most bizarre object in your office?
That would most likely be my “Love Your Liver” magnet. It’s from an organ and tissue donation organization. It reminds me that even when I’m having a particularly hectic or stressful moment, that there are so many people facing larger and more serious challenges.

What is your favorite activity outside of work?
I love going on adventures with my family. Some adventures are planned while others are just a spur of the moment. Whether it’s a picnic at a park, a local concert or a trip to a far distant land, a memory is always in the making.

Humanities at the Forefront of Congressional Vote on National Budget

The Annual Meeting for the National Humanities Alliance took place on March 7, 2011 at George Washington University, followed by Humanities Advocacy Day on March 8 at Capitol Hill. The Annual Meeting was an opportunity to provide concrete ways to exemplify and frame arguments to support the humanities, skills meeting participants would need for the following Advocacy day.

AAA’s Director of Public Affairs, Damon Dozier was featured in a three member panel that exemplified the field of humanities. Dozier emphasized the importance of education through the biological sciences and cultural perceptions o f race. Through the RACE: Are We So Different? public education program, AAA has spurred dialogue across the nation to embrace cultural differences and rethink preconceived notions of race and racism in the United States.

Bill Davis, AAA’s Executive Director, joined NHA’s national delegation that met with congressional members that hold stature within congressional committees. Damon Dozier and Joslyn Osten, Marketing & Communications Manager, joined first-time constituent lobbyist, Hollis Clayson of Northwestern University in meeting with the representatives of Illinois. While all meetings with congressional staffers were fruitful, feedback led to the conclusion that the representatives who have a history of supporting humanities will work out the best possible solution to minimize the financial impact of the national budget on humanities funding.

Although NHA’s Advocacy Day was a success, lobbying for humanities funding cannot be completed in just one day. Congress will be voting this week and in the coming weeks on bills and revisions to settle the national budget. NHA and AAA need your help in communicating the critical need for funding the research and grant-related programming offered in your communities today. Contact your congressional representative now to demonstrate your support for humanities and visit NHA’s website to stay tuned in to the latest budgetary developments.

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